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The Last of Us sets PS3 sales record

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The future is bleak in Sony’s critical hit The Last of Us, but the game’s present is looking pretty great.

On Tuesday Sony announced that the post-apocalyptic survival game has sold over 3.4 million copies in less than three full weeks of availability, making it the fastest-selling new IP in the history of the PS3 and the fastest-selling PS3 game of 2013. The sales figures include both retail and digital downloads.

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"These sales figures are a testament to the blockbuster quality of The Last of Us," Shuhei Yoshida, President of Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios, said in a statement. "The teams at Naughty Dog are true visionaries and their storytelling capabilities are second to none, this title is an undisputed demonstration of that.”

Set in the near future, the game tells the tale of Joel and Ellie, an unlikely pair trying to survive an unfriendly world. That’s the gist, at least -- it’s also a brutally tense, emotionally draining adventure filled with hordes of ghastly plant-zombies, roving bands of ruthless survivors, and enough stomach-churning decisions to give you an ulcer. In other words, it’s amazing.

The game spent four weeks on top of the UK charts and is expected to do the same when U.S. sales numbers for June are released later this month. Here’s hoping the record-setting sales persuade Sony to greenlight more games set in the same universe.

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